Book Launch: The Power of Style – Panel & Drag Performance
Style is not just the clothes on our back—it is self-expression, representation, and transformation. Join NYC-based Word Up Community Bookshop, Indigenous-owned Massy Books, and Annick Press in celebrating The Power of Style with a panel of the book’s contributors—Christian Allaire, Jamie Okuma, Henry Bae and Shaobo Han, and Halima Hossinzehi, moderated by Korina Emmerich—followed by a drag performance by the great Ilona Verley.
As a fashion-obsessed Ojibwe teen, Christian Allaire rarely saw anyone that looked like him in the magazines or movies he looked to for inspiration. Now the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, he is working to change that–because clothes are never just clothes. Men’s heels are a statement of pride in the face of LGTBQ+ discrimination, while ribbon shirts honor Indigenous ancestors and keep culture alive. Allaire takes the reader through boldly designed chapters to discuss additional topics like cosplay, make up, hijabs, and hair, probing the connections between fashion and history, culture, politics, and social justice.
This event is organized by Word Up Community Bookshop, in collaboration with Annick Press and Massy Books